As an artist, I try to tell a story using shapes. How pieces fit together to create a whole is a foundation for all my artistic endeavors, just as words are used to relate a story. My attention will be caught by the sweep of a tree limb, the gentle curve of a hillside, a posture that conveys attitude, or some other evocative pattern, and that will be the beginning of a painting. I add information to the central idea to create the entire composition, arranging pieces as necessary to achieve balance and meaning. I try to use both the emotion and the shapes of a scene to impart an essential feeling of place, time, or memory. I find the flowing and lively characteristics of watercolor to be the perfect medium to tell a story.